Can I pick wild flowers in the U.K.? When is it illegal?

Can I pick wild flowers in the U.K.? When is it illegal?

In this blog post I will do my best to explain it, pick out the relevant parts of the legislation and steer a forager, bushcrafter or ethnobotanist in what is (hopefully) the right direction.
At the bottom of this blog post is the shortened explanation (a tl;dr), but for those who want to know exactly where that came from here are some blocks of legal text:

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Examining a wild camp site – tracking and reading the ground

Examining a wild camp site – tracking and reading the ground

So there I was, wandering through the woods with the dog. This is one of several woodland sites that we occasionally rent to run some of our bushcraft, survival and other wilderness skills courses in North Wales. I am far from any of the footpaths, both the public ones and the ones made by locals through the trees. It’s about 15 minutes after sunset and the light is poor – nearly time for the head torch. Continue reading

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Cep Boletus edulis

Cep Boletus edulis

Cep (Boletus edulis) is one of the most reassuring edible mushroom that you will find in the UK. It has a distinctive appearance, few things to confuse it with and very tasty. It’s a highly-prized mushroom in the kitchen and can be found across the Northern Hemisphere.

It is sometimes known as the Judas Tree, from the tale that Judas Iscariot hung himself from the bough of an Elder. There are also many (often paradoxical) folk tales surrounding the use and planting of the tree – from seeing the devil himself after burning the wood to planting Elder near a home to ward him off. Continue reading

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COURSE REPORT: Woodcrafter Course July 2018

COURSE REPORT: Woodcrafter Course July 2018
COURSE REPORT: Woodcrafter Course July 2018 The Woodcrafter - our original and long-established 2-day bushcraft and campcraft course - remains one of our most popular courses. The July 2018 course was a mixture of rain, sun and smoke - but everyone seemed to survive and have aRead more...

Our 2018 course dates are online!

Our 2018 course dates are online!

The 2018 Courses are now live! Around this time of year I normally find myself pretty much locked in the office working out course dates and descriptions for the courses next year. We’ve found that a good number of our course participants attend our courses after receiving

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Foraging and Camp Cooking with 16 Hospitality

Foraging and Camp Cooking with 16 Hospitality

Foraging and Wild Food with 16 Hospitality Last year we teamed up with 16 Hospitality for their first external training course – a day of foraging and wild food cooking in the woods. For 2017 they wanted to push things forward a little and really challenge their

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Private Expedition Training in North Wales

Private Expedition Training in North Wales

Private Expedition Training with Mike and Wayne In the winter of 2016 I was contacted by a gentleman (Mike) who was enquiring about the possibility of some bespoke private training. Funnily enough, Mike had found us through the review of the Katadyn Gravity Camp Water Filter we

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UK Knife Law Explained

UK Knife Law Explained

UK Knife Law Explained for the Outdoors UK legal carry law discussed with a former police officer What can I carry in the UK? Is my knife illegal? What knife can I carry for bushcraft? The above is a good example of questions we’re asked with regards

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Doug’s Green Woodworking Books

Doug’s Green Woodworking Books

Doug’s 5 Favourite Green Woodworking Books As part of my work with Original Outdoors, Richard asked me about the Green Woodwork books that I thought were worth recommending to everyone and which ones were my favourites. This lead me down a road of looking out many of

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Moments – Doug’s Acorn Whistle

Moments – Doug’s Acorn Whistle

Doug’s Acorn Whistle Instructor Doug Don hijacks the Foraging and Wild Foods Course to show off the shockingly loud whistle you can make from the cup of an acorn. This was shot on the last Foraging and Wild Foods Course of 2016

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How to sharpen an axe!

How to sharpen an axe!

How to sharpen an axe! In another of our series of tutorial videos with green woodworker (and axe hoarder) Doug Don we look at his technique for sharpening axes, using inexpensive materials and a technique that can learned easily and done safely. It’s a longer video, but

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Moments – Breakfast in Camp

Moments – Breakfast in Camp

Breakfast in camp A morning timelapse in a bushcraft camp The morning after the first night in any camp is always interesting. If you’re up early it’s fun to watch people arrive at the communal fire area and go through the same conversations: “how did you sleep?”

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What are the best plants for natural cordage?

What are the best plants for natural cordage?

What are the best plants for natural cordage? A resource list of plants that can be used for natural cordage This is a guide we have put together to list the best plants for natural cordage, based on our own experience. Sitting next to a campfire slowly

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VIDEO: How to rig a tarp

VIDEO: How to rig a tarp

VIDEO: How to set up a tarp in the woods Simple rigging for a DD Hammocks tarp In a two part video I share how I set up my DD Hammocks 3m x 3m tarpaulin for wild camping and general camp use. It’s a quick, simple and

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REVIEW: Flint and Steel Firelighting Kit 4.2.2

REVIEW: Flint and Steel Firelighting Kit 4.2.2

Flint and Steel Kit 4.2.2 Review Traditional firelighting kit in leather case Traditional firelighting techniques should be familiar to anybody interested in the development of our species and forms part of our cultural heritage. A small kit containing a piece of carbon steel, a flint or other

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Foraging with 16 Hospitality

Foraging with 16 Hospitality

Foraging with 16 Hospitality On Tuesday we were joined a by a group from 16Hospitality, owners and operators of pub, bar, hotel and restaurant businesses in North Wales and Cheshire. We had been approached by Operations Manager Matt Parker to create a unique foraging and wild foods

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Bushcraft Basics Course Report January 2016

Bushcraft Basics Course Report January 2016

Bushcraft Basics Course January – What the clients thought… Our first Bushcraft Basics course of 2016 was run on Saturday, amidst snow showers and a steady breeze. We were joined by five others (and a spaniel!) in our private woodland for the course – and we hijacked

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Bushcraft Basics Course Report, May 2015

Bushcraft Basics Course Report, May 2015

Bushcraft Basics Course Report, May 2015 We tend to work quite often same areas, and know them all very well indeed. However, given the nature of, well, nature itself, the familiar paths and trails we come to take for granted can all of a sudden change or

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Foraging Course Report, April 2015

Foraging Course Report, April 2015

The start of Spring is always linked with the beginning of the Wild Food season for me. There have, of course, been sources of sustenance available all winter if you know where to look. But as the soil temperature rises above 6degC and the hours of sunlight

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Woodcrafter Weekend Bushcraft Course Report, March 2015

Woodcrafter Weekend Bushcraft Course Report, March 2015

For the last weekend in March we welcomed seven bushcrafters into our private 90-acre woodland near Ruthin, Denbighshire for a two-day bushcraft and wilderness skills course. This is the course that follows on from our Bushcraft Basics course but is suitable for complete novices also. We began with

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Foraging for Wild Garlic

Foraging for Wild Garlic

Foraging for Wild Garlic/Ransoms Wild Garlic (Allium ursinum) is often located through the nose of the forager rather than the eye. The unmistakable smell permeates the air of the woodlands and riverbanks it populates. I confess to probably eating more of this wild plant than any other

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Episode 5 – Tracking and Working in the Outdoors with Andy Jones

Episode 5 – Tracking and Working in the Outdoors with Andy Jones

Episode 5 Clips from our recent Tracking Course and an interview with Andy from Seren Ventures In the fifth episode of the podcast we have some clips from our recent Basic Tracking Course and an interview with our friend Andy Jones from Seren Ventures In this episode…

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Natural Navigation Course Report November 2014

Natural Navigation Course Report November 2014

Natural Navigation Course Report This course is one of my favourites, as no two courses are the same. Natural Navigation, like foraging, is something that humans are ‘built’ to do. We have over 200,000 years of practice behind us and with only a little coaching most people

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